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Old 07-16-2011, 01:01 AM   #1
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Decided that I would see if anyone had any recommendation on a gentle .357 carry load? I have been told that most .357 users with 2-3 barrel use a +p .38 load.
I run two boxes of ammo this afternoon through the standard Qual course. I tried a box of 110 gr. and a box of 158 grain. The 158 grain shot best for me however was a little brutal by 2nd box. LOL
A friend told me he runs Federal Nyclad and also recomended the Win. Ranger in a .38 +P but I don't either comes in a .357. Favorite loads?


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Old 07-16-2011, 01:15 AM   #2
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for SD you prolly wont have time for a reload so going through a second box is not gonna happen. if you can fire 6 shots without issue your good to go.


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A number of ammunition manufacturers make .357 mag specifically for short barrel revolvers. Look into Gold Dot, I think that's one of them and they make good stuff..
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I've been using Remington 110 gr in my SP101. Shoots pretty well to point of aim and is gentler than the 125 gr stuff.
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Default Jon answered the question, but...

The 158 grain loading was getting a little brutal at the end of the second box?

Yes. And?

You also said that worked the best for you. I'd go with what works the best, actually.

The best stopping .357 Mag ammo is the 125 grain Federal stuff. However, it is hard on guns and rather impressive in blast. It is not 'plinking' ammo. Nor should it be.

Bullet placement is key, so find what is most accurate in your gun and your hands. Then make sure it is suitably powerful to stop an opponent.
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I think I may have found a link for the Gold Dot load for the shorter barrels.

I didn't have any .38 practice loads and wanted to try the new tool out. The tempting smell of gunpowder and burnt Hopes #9 were too tempting.

Over 2 boxes of magnum later,I was still having a blast. Although the last few rounds were rough,I still had fun.

It seemed a little tight fitting so I think the person I got it from probably ran just the .38 loads. I gave it a good cleaning when I got home and noticed the carbon build up.

I pulled up the ballistics today and was very surprised what the .357 ballistics were. Never thought I'd like a wheelgun,but I'm hooked I think..
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I noticed that you also had another post with the same title and question. Please don't do that.
Although some of us may not answer in a timely manner, you will get an answer.

By keeping to only one post, all the answers will show up in one thread.
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I remember reading study results that indicated out of a 2.5" barrel, magnum loads are not efficient at all. Shot power out of a very short barrel like that top out with +P ammunition. At least that is what I read.

Now from what it feels like in the hand, I'm skeptical of those conclusions. The 158gr rounds are brutal in my SP101. The 125gr rounds are more manageable. But for carry, I choose the +P.

One local LEO I spoke with recommended not carrying magnum rounds at all. Regardless of power or over-penetration issues, if in a defensive shooting situation, an attorney would have a hayday labeling someone who carried full magnum loads as a vigilante.
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So by that logic we should all carry .25 ACPs?
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So by that logic we should all carry .25 ACPs?
Just passing along info. I don't claim it as my own.


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